UN Places Sanctions on Gaddafi Regime, ICC War Crimes Trial Next?
UN Security Council Votes Unanimously for Sanctions Against Muammar Gaddafi
The UN Security Council voted to impose sanctions on Gaddafi's regime, including an arms embargo, travel bans, and a freezing of assets.
Under the arms embargo, the UN will take steps to prevent the sale of weapons or weapons materials to Libya while Muammar Gaddafi is in power.
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Muammar Gaddafi and his adult children, as well as top officials who have not yet defected, are targeted in the travel ban and asset freeze.
Charging Gaddafi with Crimes Against Humanity
The main sticking point for the 15-nation UN Security Council was whether or not to refer Muammar Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be tried for crimes against humanity for his violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. This element of the proceedings took the most deliberation, as it sets a precedent for member nations themselves to be put before the ICC in the future. However, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to do so, for the first time in its history.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi defiantly holds onto power, even as the number of cities that his forces control continues to dwindle. Opposition leaders are taking up responsibility for running urban infrastructures in cities like Benghazi, Tobruk, and Ajdabiya.
The day was consumed mainly with haggling behind closed doors over language that would refer Libya's violent crackdown on protesters to the International Criminal Court, or ICC, at the Hague.
All 15 nations on the council ultimately approved referring the case to the permanent war crimes tribunal.
Council members did not consider imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, and no UN-sanctioned military action was planned.
On Saturday, one of Col Gaddafi's sons, Saif al-Islam, insisted that normal life was continuing in three-quarters of Libya. By contrast, anti-Gaddafi forces say they control 80% of the country.